This weekend the alerts rang to all Huawei users in the world. And it is that the mess of the second manufacturer of cellular of the world and the American government reached its high point. The administration of President Donald Trump added Huawei to a list of companies with which US companies can not negotiate unless they have a special license.
For this reason, Google will prevent the largest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment in the world from using some updates within the Android operating system, in the future.
What happens now with my Huawei phone after blocking Google?
Huawei in Ecuador wanted to reassure its users, therefore, in a statement issued Monday, it will continue to offer security updates and after-sales services to all Huawei and Honor smartphones and tablets, including those that have already been sold or are still in stock. all the world.
Huawei’s new smartphones will also lose access to some of Google’s most popular applications, except in those cases covered by open source licenses.
1. For now, the Huawei are not adrift
That means that Huawei’s future cell phones would lose access to Android system updates. It is one of the most serious consequences for those who now have a phone of the Chinese company, since they will not be able to have access to the new versions of the operating system or the consequent improvements that they provide.
But this is not retroactive, existing Huawei devices will still have Google Play or the security measures of Google Play Protect.
2. How is the situation
The current users of Huawei will be able to continue downloading apps in Google Play Store, confirmed the Chinese company; the same reaffirmed Google in a statement.
3. Which apps can not be used in the future
Huawei users can continue to use Google applications such as Gmail, Google Translate or Google Maps. But they will not be able to update the Android operating system under which their terminals operate, which is a major security problem.
4. What Google services will disappear from Huawei
Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube and other components may not be included in the brand’s upcoming phones, as well as the Google Play Store, the operating system’s application store.
5. Telephone components
There is also the threat that Intel and Qualcomm follow the same example as Google, abandoning Huawei, that they will not be able to use products of those brands neither in routers nor in laptops.
6. What are the possible alternatives to this situation
If this dilemma is not fixed, a solution that users can take is to continue using Android through an open source license, creating their own ROM with Android AOSP.
This has a slightly higher difficulty level because you must unlock the bootloader and route the phone. This will not change the devices stop receiving security updates or technical support, but will have to be done manually.
Another possibility is that Huawei develops its own operating system, but this would not change the impossibility of including apps such as Gmail or YouTube.
7. What Huawei says at the moment
The Chinese brand has not had a strong response in this regard, however, they ensure that for the time being they will keep all the patches and security updates necessary to serve their current users.
“Huawei has made substantial contributions to the development and growth of the Android ecosystem around the world.” As one of Android’s key global partners, we have worked closely with its open source platform to develop a system that has benefited both the industry and the industry. to the users.
“Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after-sales service to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products, including those that have already been sold and those that are available for sale.
“We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem in order to globally offer the best experience to all users,” says the company statement. (I)